Cross Pollination: Asian demand rises for Latin American trade

FROM THE PRINT EDITION: In early March, a loaded 747-400 freighter, operated by Atlas Air on behalf of forwarding firm Panalpina, pushed back from the gate in Hunstville, Alabama, and took off at sunset, full of ma­chine parts from the American Midwest. It was the inaugural flight of Panalpina’s twice-weekly “Brazil Wings” main-deck service from […]

Miami adds cargo carrier

Western Global Airlines recently launched a new cargo service from Miami to destinations in South America. The new carrier, which began operations in August, operates a fleet of MD-11Fs. Jim Neff, a familiar name in air cargo, is the founder of CEO of Western Global Airlines. Neff also was founder and CEO of Southern Air, […]

The week in brief

Hactl is the first handling facility at Hong Kong International Airport to achieve Good Distribution Practices (GDP) accreditation, bringing it in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) quality assurance guidelines for the handling of pharmaceuticals. To meet the GDP guidelines, Hactl enhanced the temperature-controlled zones in its SuperTerminal 1 facility. Total freight tonnage at […]
  • July 31, 2014

LATAM moves ahead with Miami hangar

LATAM Airlines Group broke ground Wednesday on its US$15 million (11 million euro) maintenance hangar at Miami International Airport (MIA). The new facility, which will be completed in 12 to 14 months, is the company’s first maintenance hangar in the U.S. and figures to benefit cargo operations. It will be able to accommodate aircraft up […]

World Cup fails to create cargo surge

Despite earlier projections, the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil has not led to a surge in air cargo. TAM Cargo, which is part of LATAM Airlines Group and based in Campinas, Brazil, does not expect a big increase in cargo into Brazil, CEO Pablo Navarrete says. But the airline expects a 5 percent increase […]
  • June 3, 2014

June 2014 People

AIRLINES After seven months as managing director of Coyne Airways, John Batten is leaving. Coyne Airways appointed Liana Coyne as COO as part of the restructure. Batten left his previous position at Swissport International on Aug. 31, 2013, as executive vice president cargo services and member of the group executive management. He began his job […]
  • May 28, 2014

MIA freight blooms on flower power

Total freight at Miami International Airport grew by 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2014 year over year. The first quarter saw more than 500,000 tonnes of air cargo. International freight shipments increased by 3.3 percent, a number buoyed by the annual influx of Valentine’s Day flowers that arrive at MIA on their way […]
  • April 25, 2014

High-tech, gold rank as top commodities for MIA

International airfreight in 2013 at Miami International Airport grew 2 percent year over year. International air cargo originating and clearing customs inspection at MIA reached more than one million tonnes, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Origin/destination (O&D) freight represented 59 percent of the total of 1.85 million tonnes of international cargo […]
  • March 25, 2014

New airport cargo facilities scarce: Chicago and Miami projects dominate recent construction

Construction will begin this year on a major new cargo facility at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Last year, a nearly-as-huge facility leased by Centurion Air Cargo opened at Miami International Airport. These impressive projects are among the rare on-airport cargo facilities being built despite an abundance of outdated cargo facilities across the U.S. Industry observers say […]

Sun shines for Florida freight

Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade Aviation Department.   Miami routinely garners the most attention when it comes to airfreight in Florida. But the often-overlooked fact is that 11 percent of the U.S.’s air cargo travels through Florida – and not just Miami International Airport – says Tony Carvajal, executive vice president for the Florida Chamber Foundation. […]
  • January 31, 2014

Eastern Air Lines Group takes step to re-launch airline

Eastern Air Lines Group filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Eastern Air Lines Group was formed to re-launch Eastern Air Lines as a passenger airline using the A320 from its main base of operations at Miami International Airport. Eastern Air Lines Group is not […]
  • January 29, 2014

LAN Cargo’s facility to create 300 jobs at MIA

The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) convinced LAN Cargo to build its first U.S. maintenance facility at Miami International Airport. The US$23.9 million (17.4 million euro) project is expected to create more than 300 jobs in the first five years. The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved LAN Cargo’s plans to build the facility, and MDAD […]
  • January 24, 2014

MIA sets new record for cargo

Miami International Airport set a new all-time record for cargo with 2.1 million tonnes of goods moving through the airport in 2013. Cargo volume at MIA grew by a modest 0.6 percent in 2013. The airport is still the U.S.’s No. 1 airport for international freight. “MIA continues to be the economic leader for our community, […]
  • January 24, 2014

Cargo up in Miami and Greensboro

Cargo tonnage at Miami International airport was up slightly for the first 10 months of 2013. Total tonnage was 1.72 million tonnes, a 0.68-percent increase over the same period in 2012. If this increase percentage remains steady for the remainder of the year, it will set a new cargo record for the airport, according to […]
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